Ex-Mo. House Speaker Jetton goes before grand jury

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton has arrived at a federal courthouse to testify before a grand jury investigating bribery allegations against him.

The Republican from southeast Missouri told reporters Wednesday that he came to the Kansas City courthouse to tell his side of the story.

Grand jurors already have heard from other lawmakers, a lobbyist and former Republican staffers who worked with Jetton.

The panel is investigating whether Jetton tried to stymie a 2005 bill regulating sexually oriented businesses after the industry contributed $35,000 to a political committee with ties to a Jetton adviser.

Jetton has denied trying to spike the measure or engaging in any wrongdoing.

Earlier Wednesday, a not guilty plea was entered on Jetton's behalf on a separate assault charge in Scott County.

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